~By Mike Gustafson
Whenever anyone familiar with the world of swimming hears the name "Ryan Lochte" they grin, like they know him personally. Whatever image the name "Ryan Lochte" brings to mind--the point is, you have one. He is a character in the story of swimming, whether you know him personally or not. At first glimpse, Ryan Lochte is not a rehearsed enigma like Michael Phelps and he's not perfectly manicured like Natalie Coughlin. Instead, Ryan Lochte feels like an old friend to us, a Holden Caulfield man-child character walking amongst us on the pool deck. But there's another side to Lochte, the side not frequently reported on, since it's less glamorous and glitzy than his all-white tuxedo he once wore to a Golden Goggles ceremony. Ryan Lochte, philanthropist.
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